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Diandra's big dig

October 29, 2003

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones at the 2003 Berlinale Film Festival in Germany.
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The ex-wife of actor Michael Douglas has taken a swipe at women who marry rich older men.

Diandra Douglas hit out at gold-diggers who go to Hollywood in search of a wealthy husband.

Her 59-year-old former husband is happily married to Catherine Zeta Jones, who is 34.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, Diandra made no reference to their marriage or their 25-year age gap.

But she took the opportunity to deliver a few barbed comments on the subject of age.

"Our whole generation is obsessed with age," she said. "In Hollywood you do see odd couples. It's not normal for a 70-year-old man to be with a 22-year-old girl."

Asked whether love could be blind to age, she replied: "OK, but some things just don't convince me. Life is really tough these days and lots of girls spend hours watching TV and start dreaming about travel, clothes, luxury..."

She went on: "Certain young women fall in love with the idea of having a fat bank account and a credit card and not the person. That's why they don't care about the man's age at all."

Diandra, who is in her forties, picked up a reported STG44 million ($A106.32 million) divorce settlement when her marriage to Michael ended after 22 years.

- PA

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